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Epic scale of California wildfires continues to grow

Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size
Posted at 5:49 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 08:49:06-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The staggering scale of California's wildfires has reached another milestone: A single fire has surpassed 1 million acres.

The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon state line came Monday.

It was a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres, more than double the previous record.

The August Complex began as dozens of fires ignited by lightning in the Mendocino National Forest in mid-August.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says it has burned more land than all the wildfires recorded in California from 1932 to 1999.